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08/10/2010 12:35 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama vs. Obama On Endless Wars: Who Wins? (VIDEO, POLL)

Back in early 2007, when the Bush administration was insisting that its military intervention in a faraway land was not open-ended, Senator Barack Obama wasn't buying it.

So the freshman from Illinois used then-secretary of state Condoleeza Rice's appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as an opportunity to raise some probing questions about the exit strategy from Iraq. Senator Obama was particularly skeptical about the administration's alleged "benchmarks" for success. He wanted to know exactly what they were -- and what would happen if they weren't met. And he wanted to know the answer to this question: "At what point do we say: 'Enough'?"

Three and a half years later, that's an excellent question for President Obama, about Afghanistan. But he doesn't have an answer.

In this video, Huffington Post Video Editor Ben Craw interweaves edited clips of Senator Obama questioning Rice about Iraq in January 2007 with comments President Obama has made about his own Afghan exit strategy in a speech in March 2009, an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" in March 2009, an address to the nation in December 2009, remarks to the troops in Afghanistan in March, an interview with ABC in April, and an appearance on ABC's "The View" in July.

Who do you think gets the best of this exchange? Vote in our poll, below the video.

Video produced by Ben Craw

For more of Senator Obama's views, see Obama's Questions for Obama. For more on President Obama's vague benchmarks and undefined exit strategy, see Four More Years Of War - Just For Starters.

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